LiberLAG 2014-presentations

The 17th Seminar of the LIBER Architecture Group, Helsinki

Designing the Future – From Concepts to Library Buildings
May 6.-9.2014

Small Hall, University of Helsinki, Finland

Organized by the LIBER Architecture Group and Helsinki University Library


Tuesday 6 May


8:30 ~ 16:30 Library visits: Viikki Campus Library, Meilahti Campus library, Aalto University Library and the Learning Hub at Otaniemi. Optional.

Pre-seminar visits-info

Wednesday 7 May

9:00 – 11:30

Visit to the Sibelius Academy Library and Helsinki Music Centre, or the Helsinki University Library, Behavioural Sciences Library Minerva or the Library of Parliament


Venue: Helsinki University Main Building, Small Hall
Adress: Fabianinkatu 33, 4th Floor. 

12:00 – 13:00 Registration

13:00 – 13:30 Opening:

Welcome address, Prof. Jukka Kola, Rector, University of Helsinki,

Ulrich Niederer, Chairman, LIBER Architecture Group

13:30 – 14:30 Keynote Speaker : Innovative interdisciplinary design for learning spaces

Kirsti Lonka, Professor, University of Helsinki

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 17:15 Session 1 Working spaces / Staff areas

Library / University staff working areas: theory and practice, Anna-Maija Lukkari, Architect, Director of Properties and Facilities, University of Helsinki

Staff working spaces – a challenge for the future, Anette Franzkowiak, Architect, Head of Buildings and Facilities, Technische Informationsbibliothek und Universitätsbibliothek Hannover (TIB/UB)

Trends in designing work/office spaces, Minna Andersson, Marketing Responsibility, Martela

18:00 Rector’s Reception

University Main Building (Unioninkatu 34) Prof. Anna Mauranen, Vice-Rector.

Thursday 8 May

09:00 – 10:30 Session 2 Library concepts to competition winners

Helsinki Central Library Project, Pirjo Lipasti, Project Manager

From Lille 1 University Library to the Innovation Learning Center, Julian Roche, Head Librarian, University Library of Lille 1

Vienna Learning Resource Center, Cornelius Schlotthauer, Zaha Hadid Architects

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 3 Concept to reality – what happens in between

BULAC Library two years after opening, Marie-Lise Tsagouria, Director, BULAC Library

Planning the City Library Stuttgart since 1997: Todays intellectual and cultural heart of the new European Quarter near the main station, Christine Brunner, Director, City Library Stuttgart

National Library of Latvia, Riga (Sleeping Beauty) Andris Vilks, Director

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (University Main Building, 2nd Floor)

14:00 – 16:00 Session 4 Dialogue with architects

Tallinn University of Technology Library, Mattias Agabus, Architect 11

Dialogue in the process of building a new library – recent projects from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Elif Tinaztepe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Helsinki University Main Library, Kaisa House, Vesa Oiva, Anttinen Oiva Architects

16:00 – 17:30 Visit Kaisa House (Fabianinkatu 30)

16.20 Group photo (Main entrance floor of the Kaisa House)

19:30 Conference Dinner at the Restaurant Sipuli (Kanavaranta 7)

Friday 9 May

09:00 – 10:30 Session 5  Technical aspects

Two new library buildings for Bern University Library: vonRoll on a former industrial site, and the new Central Library in its own historic building, Christian Lüthi, Head of Resources, Bern University Library

The new building of the National Archives of France (Paris/Pierrefitte-sur Seine: Technical concerns and solutions), Jean-Luc Bichet, architect

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Session 6 Changing roles, changing spaces 

The living campus and use of personas at Delft,  Wilma van Wezenbeek, Director, TU Delft Library

From Delft to the Library at Birmingham, Francine Houben, Mecanoo Architects

The Hive at the University of Worchester,  Anne Hannaford, Director of Information & Learning Services

13:00 – 13:30 Conclusion,  Ulrich Niederer, LIBER Architecture Group